Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas lights at Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

Christmas lights inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Whenever people visit us in Tennessee, we almost always take them to Nashville, and one of our favorite stops is the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The nine-acres of jaw-dropping indoor gardens with 50,000 tropical plants and trees, along with waterfalls and cascades, restaurants and retail stores, never fail to impress us or our visitors. If walking the nine-acre complex is too much, you can opt for a Mississippi-style flatboat ride on the river that meanders around the resort.

Having spent eight winters in sunny Florida, I was so ready for a magical Christmas experience, something akin to a Winter Wonderland, perhaps with some ice-skating, along with sensational Christmas lights. So when I heard about the Christmas lighting ceremony at the Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville on Nov 19, I persuaded my husband to stay in Chattanooga until then (we usually leave after Halloween), so we can drive over to Nashville to see the Christmas lights.

My expectations were raised even higher when I learned that Travel Channel's Extreme Christmas show had touted the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to be "the most Christmassy hotel in the U.S." So, here I was, thinking Christmas in New York City or Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, my two favorite Christmas destinations.

Well, I was disappointed. The ambience at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel was not as festive as I had envisioned it. I did not see carolers, Santa, or even a whiff of snow. The only Christmas music I heard was in the restrooms! We saw one beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the Delta atrium, with throngs of tourists all over it trying to capture its beauty on camera. There were some spectacular lights in the Cascades atrium (see above picture.)

The fountain show was disappointing too. For some unknown reason, the show was delayed some 45 minutes. This small section got very crowded with families. No one knew what was going on. You would think that a hotel in Nashville, the capital of country music, would have thought of hiring a musician to entertain its guests with Christmas songs or music. I hope it was because they were swamped by all the shows and events happening the first weekend of the holiday season. Anyway, enjoy the video, and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  1. I'm sorry the whole shebang was a disappointment but I'm not surprised. I was there years and years ago and it wasn't so great then! Hope your holidays get better and better.

    I'm fascinated your live on your boat! Thanks for visiting my B;ham blog.
    No more snow but a LOT of photos to show!

  2. Virginia,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I really enjoy yours. Your beautiful pictures of Birmingham and Paris are excellent!

    I love the Opryland Hotel during the day when I can see the lush gardens. I just expected more festivities for the Christmas season. Have you been to Franklin? They have an old-fashioned Victorian holiday festival next week - Dickens of a Christmas. Sounds like fun!